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Baylor, Texas Postgame Quotes




Jan. 30, 2010

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24/RV BAYLOR (16-4, 3-3) 80, 6/6 TEXAS (18-3, 4-2) 77 (OVERTIME)
FRANK ERWIN CENTER • AUSTIN, TEXAS
JAN. 30, 2010 • ATTENDANCE: 16,734

Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew
Opening statement:
"It's tough to win here, and we understand what a great team they are. I am very fortunate. As a coach, you get into coaching to coach teams in games like this. Today we really saw the heart of our players. Tweety Carter was amazing. Us coaches put the ball in players' hands and expect them to make us look good and today he sure did."

On Tweety Carter handling Texas' defenders tonight:
Tweety's been playing outstanding basketball all year long. Anytime you lead the Big 12 in a category like assists, usually those guys are lottery picks. That shows you what kind of company Tweety is in with that kind of statistic. He's done a great job with our team all year long and today he was able to do it against Texas so more people saw it. It's a bigger stage."

On A.J. Walton:
"A.J. wasn't a freshman at the line at the end. He was in his sophomore year. He really came up big. He's been working on his shot, working on his free throw. A.J.'s a winner. He's been in big games going back to his high school days, and he's going to make those shots."


Baylor Senior Guard Tweety Carter
On regrouping after the Texas second-half charge:
"Coach says it's always a game of runs. We know that it's a great Texas team, number six, they aren't going to let us just blow them out. They came out and they got on us. In the second half they cut the lead down and the turnovers, but when you win you still think about those turnovers, but when you get a big win like this, you kind of let it go a little bit."

On tonight's game:
"This was a great win for us, but it doesn't stop here. We've got to stay focused and we can compete with anybody on any given day. We just have to come out and play like we played tonight."


Baylor Sophomore Forward Anthony Jones
On making the last second shot that put the game into overtime:
"What I was expecting was Tweety [Carter] to take his man like he had been doing all game. Take him to the hole and he was either going to get a foul or finish. He passed it to Ekpe [Udoh] and I didn't think Ekpe was going to shoot it, but like coach said, always go to the board no matter what. Nobody blocked me out and the ball just fell into my hands."
Baylor Freshman Guard A.J. Walton
"On playing in this atmosphere as a freshman: I think it was great. I was nervous at first, but like Tweety [Carter] said, we talk everyday about the game progressing and just calming down and have fun. Don't listen to anybody, just have fun, so I just went out there and gave it my all and did what I needed to do for the team."

On his thoughts in the last 10 seconds of the game:
"There was only one thing I was thinking, the Lord knows what I want. So, I just stepped to the line, cleared it out and just knocked down the free throws."


Texas Head Coach Rick Barnes
On the game:
"Obviously, it's a disappointing loss. When you give up 27 points off turnovers and miss free throws coming down the stretch missing a block out here or there in a game when you're not playing your best offensively is the one thing you can't do. You'll look at the numbers and see that they shot 43 percent, that's not indicative of how I do think we guarded them once we got our defense set. Some of that came from our offense turning the ball over and allowing them to get in the open court and score some easy baskets. I thought our guys played hard, I really did. I thought they made a conscious effort to stay with our game plan, especially defensively. Offensively, we were just too careless with the ball. You can't turn the ball over the way we did. Too many of them were unforced turnovers."

On Baylor's final possession in regulation:
"We got them to shoot the kind of shot you want them to shoot and we gave up an offensive rebound. In that situation you've got to finish that possession and the game's over."

On the team's free throw shooting down the stretch:
"It is what it is. You're going to be in those games. Does it get frustrating? It does, and I think it does for the players, too. I wish I could come up with a remedy for it and tell you but I've never been able to figure it out and I don't think any coach can figure it out."


Texas Senior Forward Damion James
On the play in overtime where he received his fifth foul:
"We were trying to trap the ball and I was hoping to make a play. He got out ahead and I had to do what I had to do. It's tough."

On where the team stands right now:
"We're alright. Coach (Barnes) said he likes where we are right now. The turnovers hurt us toward the end. It's my fault. I've just got to be a better leader of this team."


Texas Senior Center Dexter Pittman
On the game:
"There are some things we've got to work on and get better as a team. We could have done some things differently. I think we played hard. It was a good fight and Baylor's a good team. I'm not taking anything away from them."

On rebounding:
"It's kind of tough when you're down there and you've got three guys around you. I tried to not go out of control and get fouls called on me. I just tried to tip the ball to one of my teammates at the top instead of just going up and grabbing it. We've got a great rebounder on our team in Damion. I just box my guy out and I know he's going to come get it."


Texas Freshman Guard J'Covan Brown
On his missed free throw at the end of regulation:
"It was kind of frustrating. When we were in the huddle Damion said, `Let's get this win.' I walked to the free throw line with confidence. When I released it, it looked perfect. It was just short. I was mad at myself because usually I don't miss those in that situation. The second one felt the same way and it went in."

On if he progressed as a player today:
"We had a meeting yesterday and coach told us to put two feet in or two feet out. That was my goal today, to come out and be the player I know I can be. I just want to take a step every game."

 

 

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